"One of the best improvising cellists in the UK" The JazzMann

Long Story Short - Tour 2020!!

'Long Story Short' is my debut album out now on 33 Jazz records.

Download the tour flyer here - and come and  and join us!!

Crossfire - Shirley Smart 4tet - Shirley Smart, John Crawford, Nicolas Meier, Demi Garcia Sabat
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'Fascinating listening, and thought-provoking entertainment for the open-eared"

The Arts Desk

'..as a cellist-composer she morphs seamlessly from Stephane Grappelli like swing and Bird-like bebop...

a charming kaleidoscope and jazzy showcase of her global folk music-inspired compositions'


' a superb set -  a sound world that is at once rooted in the ancient and traditional  musics that it draws from in an utterly contemporary manner that also incorporates modern jazz. 

This is an exceptionally strong leadership debut from a lady that I'm sure we are destined to hear much more from.' Jazzviews

'..some of the most inventive use of the cello I’ve heard for some time.'

Kind of Jazz

'Smarts playing is particularly remarkable..'


Next date

Feb 27, 2020

Shirley Smart Trio

Hampstead Jazz Club



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Download full tour flyer here

Download tour flyer here

Out now on 33 Jazz

Shirley Smart - cello

John Crawford - piano

Demi Garcia Sabat - drums/perucssion

and special guests (see flyer for details!!)

Other news/upcoming projects

PalmyraInterchange Dectet
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My piece 'Palmyra' is a 3 part suite written in memory and tribute to the Syrian City destroyed by ISIS om 2015. It features on the album 'Donna's Secret with the Interchange Dectet, and is available here

Duo album with Robert Mitchell on piano has finally been recorded!!! Featuring works by both Robert and myself, and also some of Roberts very powerful poetry. More news later!

Other Upcoming Dates

Feb 16, 2020

Maya Youssef Trio

Ahbab Festival,



Feb 27, 2020

Shirley Smart Trio

Hampstead Jazz Club



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        Via Maris CD

           out now 


  Two Rivers Records

"..a fascinating melting pot of musical influences.."

World Music Central

Listen to Melange on BBC World on 3 here

                             Beyond Cello

Workshop course to develop improvisation and creative skills

More info and register your interest here


Dates for 2019/20 coming soon!

 Listen to podcast about Beyond Cello at Kings Place here

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